On the 70th anniversary, a Great Escape survivor describes how being captured by prison guards 'saved his life'.Read the full story ›
Glenn McDuffie, the US Navy veteran who kissed a nurse in an iconic photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in New York on V-Day in 1945, has passed away aged 86.
McDuffie told the Associated Press years later that he had been changing trains in New York when he heard that war was over: “I was so happy. I ran out in the street.”
“And then I saw that nurse,” he said. “She saw me hollering and with a big smile on my face ... I just went right to her and kissed her."
Glenn McDuffie battled lung cancer and reportedly lived in a Dallas suburb at the time of his death. Nurse Edith Shain died in 2010 at the age of 91.
Newly releases photos from the Bank of England's archive show how the bullion vault was converted into a staff canteen during World War 2.
The 70th anniversary of the world's first electronic computer will be celebrated today by code-breaking veterans and their families.
Seven decades ago today, Colossus Mk I attacked its first message written in the complex code used by Adolf Hitler and his generals during the Second World War.
Colossus was built to speed up code-breaking of the sophisticated Lorenz cipher and is regarded as the world's first digital, electronic computer.
By the end of the war there were 10 functioning Colossi machines, which had a decisive impact on the war.
To mark the anniversary, Colossus veterans and their families will gather at The National Museum of Computing at code-breaking institution Bletchley Park where they will see a re-enactment of the code-breaking process from intercept to decrypt with a working rebuild of Colossus.
After more than 70 years, the RAF Squadron known as ‘The Dambusters’ or 617 Squadron have flown their final mission.Read the full story ›
An airman whose bomber crashed into a swamp in Nazi Germany may finally receive a proper funeral, more than 70 years after his death.
Sergeant Roland Hill, 32, was a flight engineer on a Halifax bomber which was brought down over Germany in August 1943.
The airman, of 158 Squadron, died in the crash along with the rest of the seven-man crew. His body may now finally be removed from the murky waters north of Berlin allowing his funeral to take place.
The crash site was discovered in 2002 but German archaeologists have only just been given permission from authorities to excavate the site.
Until now, the only memorial to Sgt Hill has been an inscription of his name on the RAF's Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.
A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for 29 years after refusing to surrender after the end of World War Two has died.Read the full story ›
An 88-year-old former SS soldier has been charged in Germany over the Second World War massacre of an entire French village in which 642 men, women and children were killed.
The man, who has not been named, faces 25 counts of murder. Cologne state court said he was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 atrocity.
Prosecutors say he shot 25 men as part of a firing squad, and then helped as troops blockaded and then set fire to a church, where dozens of women and children were killed.
The suspect's lawyer, Rainer Pohlen, said he did not deny being at the village but said he never fired a shot that day and was not otherwise involved in any killings.
The court now needs to decide whether to move ahead with a trial, but the suspect first has until 31 March to respond to the charges.
A World War Two bomb has exploded in Euskirchen, Germany, killing one person and injuring another two, according to reports from German newspapers.
The device was apparently disturbed by a digger in an industrial area and the explosion killed the driver, Bild and Spiegel report.